Waterworks Museum

Waterworks Museum Architecture, Engineering, Public Health, Social History - it's all here at the Waterworks Museum!
The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of one of the country's first metropolitan water systems through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history and public health.
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Ever wonder where your water comes from? Before you say “from the tap,” think again. It had to get to the tap from somewhere. But where? And how? That’s where we come in. The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is located in the Chestnut Hill High Pumping Station on the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The original station was built in 1887, and added on to in 1897. The three pumping engines housed within the museum operated every day until the late 1970s, when Boston's primary water supply became the Quabbin Reservoir. A unique intersection of architecture, engineering, public health, and social history, the Waterworks Museum is a hidden gem of the Boston museum community, interpreting the stories of one of the first metropolitan water systems in the United States.

Happy Halloween! Stop by today for a Tour or Treat from 11am - 4pm! These photos are from our recent Halloween themed Vo...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! Stop by today for a Tour or Treat from 11am - 4pm!

These photos are from our recent Halloween themed Volunteer appreciation party! The Great Engines Hall was all decked out! #Spooky #Halloween #TourOrTreat #metrowaterworks

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow, Saturday 10/26 between 11am and 4pm for a spooktacular time at our Not-So-Creepy Crawl...
10/25/2019

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow, Saturday 10/26 between 11am and 4pm for a spooktacular time at our Not-So-Creepy Crawlies event! We'll have fun activities celebrating the microscopic monsters living in our water! Candy and Treats for all participants! We can't wait to see you there! #Halloween #NotSoCreepy #MetroWaterworks

10/19/2019

TODAY (Sat. 10/19) the Waterworks Museum will be closing at 3:00 p.m. (instead of 4:00) to accommodate a wedding ceremony taking place here in the museum! We apologize for any inconvenience, and we will be back to our normal schedule tomorrow (Sun. 10/20).

10/12/2019

The Waterworks Museum will be closing a little earlier than usual today (Sat. 10/12): we are closing at 3:00 p.m. (instead of 4:00) to accommodate a wedding ceremony taking place here in the museum! We hope it is not very inconvenient for anyone, and we will be back to our normal schedule tomorrow (Sun. 10/13).

If you like our current exhibit about the construction of the Wachusett Reservoir, be sure to head to out to Wachusett D...
10/09/2019
Wachusett Dam walkway open to the public Oct. 13, offering views of Massachusetts’ 2nd largest body of water

If you like our current exhibit about the construction of the Wachusett Reservoir, be sure to head to out to Wachusett Dam in Clinton this Sunday for a rare treat! On October 13, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation will be opening the walkway across the dam to public visitors from 10am - 1pm. #Wachusett #Metrowaterworks

https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/09/wachusett-dam-walkway-open-to-the-public-oct-13-offering-views-of-massachusetts-2nd-largest-body-of-water.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=worcester_sf&fbclid=IwAR3Y_FSS3rH1gS-IaWalntWz8FwSNgxSszcB7-oEEThnjEIXSz1kCEFs8MY

The Wachusett Dam walkway will be open to the public on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for our first ever Special Access Tour! Our Tour of the Leavitt is now SOLD ...
09/19/2019

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for our first ever Special Access Tour! Our Tour of the Leavitt is now SOLD OUT but keep your eyes peeled for our next Special Access Tour of the Allis - tickets will go on sale later next month. #SpecialAccessTour #Metrowaterworks

As the summer draws to a close, we want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our community events ove...
08/26/2019

As the summer draws to a close, we want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our community events over the summer! And if you loved our Preschoolers at the Waterworks series or the stations at Waterfest, keep an eye on this page for more events coming this Fall! #NewTours #NewPrograms #metrowaterworks

Only 2 more days until Waterfest! Join us Saturday 8/17 from 11am-3pm for games, crafts, demonstrations, and exclusive e...
08/15/2019

Only 2 more days until Waterfest! Join us Saturday 8/17 from 11am-3pm for games, crafts, demonstrations, and exclusive experiences as we celebrate water and its champions in honor of #WorldHumanitarianDay.

The first 150 people to check in at the Information Desk will receive a free Waterworks Museum Magnet! We can't wait to see everyone there! #Waterfest #Free #Family #Fun #metrowaterworks

Only one week to go until Waterfest next Saturday 8/17! In addition to all kinds of great games, crafts, and activities ...
08/09/2019

Only one week to go until Waterfest next Saturday 8/17! In addition to all kinds of great games, crafts, and activities for families, we will also have a number of exclusive access experiences for visitors of all ages and interests!

Waterfest will be one of only a few times during the year that the Allis Pumps in the Basement will be open for Tours! We will also be lending out our Water Testing Kits for a guided experience testing a nearby stream. Make sure to drop by between 11am - 3pm next Saturday!

#Waterfest #Tours #Free #Family #Fun #AllAges #metrowaterworks

Tomorrow, 8/8 at 10:15am will be our last Preschoolers at the Waterworks Session for the Summer! We'll be meeting,  rain...
08/07/2019

Tomorrow, 8/8 at 10:15am will be our last Preschoolers at the Waterworks Session for the Summer! We'll be meeting, rain or shine, to talk about some of the animals that call the reservoir home. If safety permits, we may venture out on our scavenger hunt in light rains so come prepared! Otherwise, we will be busy learning and crafting in the Great Engines Hall. Can't wait to see everyone there! #STEM #Preschoolers #Free #Fun #Animals #RainyDay #Metrowaterworks

Only two more weeks until our biggest event of the year - Waterfest! Join us on August 17th from 11am - 3pm for games, c...
08/03/2019

Only two more weeks until our biggest event of the year - Waterfest! Join us on August 17th from 11am - 3pm for games, crafts, demonstrations, special tours, water testing, and more! See our full list of offerings below. We look forward to seeing you there! #Waterfest #Summer #Free #Family #Fun #Water #SocialGood #Activism #metrowaterworks

Last Thursday, our Preschool aged visitors had a great time cleaning up our pretend ponds for the fish! Tomorrow morning...
07/31/2019

Last Thursday, our Preschool aged visitors had a great time cleaning up our pretend ponds for the fish! Tomorrow morning, 8/1, we will be turning our attention to the simple machines all around the great engines hall - and making some machines of our own! #STEM #Preschool #Free #Fun #metrowaterworks

Preschoolers! Join us once again tomorrow morning (7/25) at 10:15am! This week we'll be learning about how we can fight ...
07/24/2019

Preschoolers! Join us once again tomorrow morning (7/25) at 10:15am! This week we'll be learning about how we can fight water pollution by reading "Not for me, please! I choose to act green" and by recycling and throwing away litter from a practice pond. Then, we'll be making happy fish to swim in our newly cleaned water! #Preschool #STEAM #Free #Fun #Metrowaterworks

Last week, we had a blast learning about the Water Cycle and the Waterworks at our Preschoolers at the Waterworks sessio...
07/17/2019

Last week, we had a blast learning about the Water Cycle and the Waterworks at our Preschoolers at the Waterworks session! Tomorrow, 7/18 at 10:15, we'll be learning about all the different ways we can work to save water! Hope to see you there! #Preschoolers #Water #STEM #Free #Fun

We're back tomorrow morning (7/11) with our next Preschoolers at the Waterworks Session! This week we'll be learning all...
07/10/2019

We're back tomorrow morning (7/11) with our next Preschoolers at the Waterworks Session! This week we'll be learning all about the raindrop's journey from the sky, through the waterworks and back again! Our Waterworks Jungle Gym is not to be missed! The program starts at 10:15am - hope to see you there! #Preschoolers #STEM #Water #Free #Fun #metrowaterworks

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum will be closing one hour earlier than normal on Saturday, July 6, 2019. The museum wi...
07/05/2019

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum will be closing one hour earlier than normal on Saturday, July 6, 2019. The museum will be closed to the public starting at 3:00pm, rather than our usual time of 4:00pm, in order to accommodate a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience, and appreciate the understanding of visitors this Saturday.

Thanks to all the folks who came out to learn about the 3 states of matter at our Preschool program yesterday! We made s...
06/28/2019

Thanks to all the folks who came out to learn about the 3 states of matter at our Preschool program yesterday! We made some great ice paintings!

Just a quick reminder that there will be NO session on July 4th, as the museum will be closed in celebration of Independence Day.

The Preschoolers at the Waterworks program will be back on 7/11 at 10:15 am where we'll learn about how water gets to our homes! #Preschoolers #STEM #Free #Fun #metrowaterworks

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first Preschoolers at the Waterworks program yesterday! We had some amazing boat...
06/21/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first Preschoolers at the Waterworks program yesterday! We had some amazing boat builders on our hands!

Join us next week on 6/27 at 10:15am for our next session where we'll be learning about the three states of matter! #PreschoolersattheWaterworks #Free #Fun #STEM #metrowaterworks

We can't wait for our first Preschoolers at the Waterworks Program of the summer, coming up this Thursday morning, 6/20,...
06/17/2019

We can't wait for our first Preschoolers at the Waterworks Program of the summer, coming up this Thursday morning, 6/20, at 10:15am!

Here's a sneak peak at some of the items we'll be testing to determine whether they sink or float. Get those thinking caps ready! #Preschoolers #Water #Fun #Free #metrowaterworks

If you’ve ever visited the waterworks and thought it would make a great backdrop for a party with friends and family, yo...
05/19/2019

If you’ve ever visited the waterworks and thought it would make a great backdrop for a party with friends and family, you’re not alone! We have hosted many a wedding, networking social, and adult birthday party in the Great Engines Hall since the museum’s opening back in 2011. If you think our distinctive vibe may fit your upcoming event, please reach out and we would be happy to put you in touch with our event coordinator! #GoodTimes #Wedding #Party #FriendsMW #MuseumWeek

In the modern age where most industrial buildings are built only with practicality in mind, we are grateful that in 1887...
05/18/2019

In the modern age where most industrial buildings are built only with practicality in mind, we are grateful that in 1887, architect Arthur Vinal took the time to create a Richardsonian Romanesque masterpiece to house the Chestnut Hill High Service Pumps. Boston is no stranger to H.H. Richardson’s style – share your photos of Richardsonian buildings around the city in the comments! #Architecture #Boston #PhotoMW #metrowaterworks

Did you know that our Leavitt Engine is designated as a National Historic Engineering Landmark? Faced with the conundrum...
05/17/2019

Did you know that our Leavitt Engine is designated as a National Historic Engineering Landmark?

Faced with the conundrum of how to fit a machine large enough to provide water to the city of Boston into a pre-existing pump building, Erasmus Darwin Leavitt explored options that no one had considered before: designing a machine that could pump on the diagonal, rather than vertically or horizontally. With the invention of his Rocker Arm, the Leavitt was able to convert vertical piston rod movement into a diagonal pumping stroke, and ultimately provide the city with an additional 20 million gallons of water per day. His innovative design earned the engine a special place in history! #innovation #ExploreMW #metrowaterworks

Art and letters from school groups and families who have visited the museum always brighten our day! We can’t wait to se...
05/16/2019

Art and letters from school groups and families who have visited the museum always brighten our day! We can’t wait to see what new and amazing things are created this summer throughout our Preschoolers at the Waterworks series on Thursdays at 10:15am! #ColoringIsCool #RainbowMW #metrowaterworks

As it begins to get warmer (any day now), take some time to enjoy the walking trail around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. ...
05/15/2019

As it begins to get warmer (any day now), take some time to enjoy the walking trail around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. If you’re up for a challenge, try our Nature Scavenger hunt while you’re at it! #Spring #Outdoors #Games #ChestnutHillReservoir #PlayMW #metrowaterworks #WhatDoestheSunLookLikeAgain

When visiting our museum, you may find yourself wandering into what many call the “round room.” Believe it or not, this ...
05/14/2019

When visiting our museum, you may find yourself wandering into what many call the “round room.” Believe it or not, this ‘room’ was not intended to be a room at all, but rather a kind of collection chamber where water would enter the pumping station from one of three sources. The floor you see would not have existed and a large screen would be lowered in front of the intake pipe to prevent sizable debris from damaging the pumps as the water flowed through. #SecretsMW #metrowaterworks #MuseumWeek

We’re kicking off #MuseumWeek with a celebration of #WomenInCulture  And who better to highlight than Ellen Swallow Rich...
05/13/2019

We’re kicking off #MuseumWeek with a celebration of #WomenInCulture And who better to highlight than Ellen Swallow Richards!

Ellen was the first female student admitted to MIT as well as its first female instructor. In the 1880s, she embarked on a comprehensive series of water tests around Boston, which culminated in her famed “Normal Chlorine Map.” This effectively established the first water quality standards in America, as anything that deviated from these norms could indicate human caused pollution. #WaterWarrior #metrowaterworks

Happy Earth Day! Last week we celebrated the earth by exploring all the ways we use and protect its most valuable resour...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! Last week we celebrated the earth by exploring all the ways we use and protect its most valuable resource - water! Thanks to everyone who came out to join us! #EarthDay #Water #MetroWaterworks

WOW! So many AMAZING machines to move water were created yesterday! Thanks to everyone who came out to take our engineer...
04/19/2019

WOW! So many AMAZING machines to move water were created yesterday! Thanks to everyone who came out to take our engineering challenge!

Don't forget to join us today to test the water in our stream and craft a model watershed from just a crumpled paper. Drop in any time 11am-4pm!

#EarthDay #Water #Engineering #Metrowaterworks

Looking a good way to kick off your Earth Day celebration next week? On Friday 4/19, we'll be looking at all kinds off d...
04/12/2019

Looking a good way to kick off your Earth Day celebration next week? On Friday 4/19, we'll be looking at all kinds off different ways to protect water quality!

Drop in any time between 11am and 4pm to borrow one of our water testing kits and check on the quality of a nearby stream. We'll also be making model watersheds and creating posters to raise awareness about the danger of polluted runoff. We hope to see you there! #EarthDay #WaterQuality #WaterPollution #MetroWaterworks

Next Thursday, 4/18, we'll be thinking about safe water access with a recycled goods Maker Space! Your challenge: build ...
04/11/2019

Next Thursday, 4/18, we'll be thinking about safe water access with a recycled goods Maker Space!

Your challenge: build something that can move water from one place to another.

Drop in any time between 11am and 4pm! #MakerSpace #Recycle #EarthDay #Metrowaterworks

1 week until we start Exploring Water in Our World over April Vacation Week! On Wednesday, 4/17 we'll be looking at ways...
04/10/2019

1 week until we start Exploring Water in Our World over April Vacation Week!

On Wednesday, 4/17 we'll be looking at ways to use water to appreciate nature through art! You can make a dyed paper flower or an Earth Day themed Water Color painting! Drop in any time between 11am and 4pm.
#EarthDay #Nature #Art #Water #MetroWaterworks

We had a great time hosting the German International School of Boston for a fun Field trip last week! The museum offers ...
03/28/2019

We had a great time hosting the German International School of Boston for a fun Field trip last week! The museum offers a wide variety of curriculum based programs for school and camp groups. Check out the "Education" page on our website to learn more! #FieldTrips #Fun #metrowaterworks https://waterworksmuseum.org/education/

Last week, the class 5/6 visited the Waterworks Museum. They were able to test how difficult life was without water pipes in Boston.

03/27/2019
Learning from the past and preparing for future water needs

Happy 8th Birthday to us! Last night, Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5 helped us celebrate by showcasing our latest temporary exhibit, Workers of Wachusett, on their show. Today, we're continuing the celebration with birthday cake and a few artifacts on display from museum's opening back in 2011. Stop by any time between 11am and 4pm today to join in the fun! #Chronicle #BirthdayCake #HappyBirthday #metrowaterworks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM3RFaSYZ30

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Catch us tonight, Tuesday 3/26, at 7:30pm on Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5! Then stop by tomorrow to celebrate the museum'...
03/26/2019

Catch us tonight, Tuesday 3/26, at 7:30pm on Chronicle on WCVB Channel 5! Then stop by tomorrow to celebrate the museum's 8th birthday - birthday cake will be available first-come first-serve starting at 11am. #Chronicle #BirthdayCake #metrowaterworks

Happy World Water Day! Today we reflect on the importance of earth’s most important resource and recommit to conserving ...
03/22/2019

Happy World Water Day! Today we reflect on the importance of earth’s most important resource and recommit to conserving water whenever we can.

4 billion people - 2/3 of the world’s population- experience severe water scarcity at least 1 month out of the year. Sometimes, it’s easy to take the great access we have to safe water in a Boston for granted. That’s why today, we are hosting a blind taste test if 3 different bottled waters compared to good old tap water straight from the Quabbin. Can you tell which sample is the tap water? Is expensive bottled water really worth the price? Find out with us today!

Drop in anytime between 11am and 4pm!

#WorldWaterDay #TasteTest #Metrowaterworks

Next Friday, 3/22 is World Water Day! Did you know that 2.1 BILLION people around the world live without safe water acce...
03/15/2019

Next Friday, 3/22 is World Water Day! Did you know that 2.1 BILLION people around the world live without safe water access in their home?

Sometimes we can forget how lucky we are to have access to such great quality tap water right here in Boston. Stop by the museum between 11am and 4pm on 3/22 to take our Water Taste Test Challenge! We will be conducting a blind taste test between three bottled water companies with varied pricing and good old tap water straight from the Quabbin!

Will you be able to tell which is the tap water? Are those expensive bottled waters really worth the money? Find out with us on World Water Day! #WorldWaterDay #TasteTest #metrowaterworks

The Waterworks Museum will be CLOSED tomorrow, Saturday 3/2 due to the forecasted snowstorm. Stay safe, stay warm, and h...
03/01/2019

The Waterworks Museum will be CLOSED tomorrow, Saturday 3/2 due to the forecasted snowstorm. Stay safe, stay warm, and hopefully you get a chance to enjoy the snow.
#metrowaterworks #boston #snowday
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Thanks to everyone who came out for our Winter Wonders activities last week over February Vacation! School may be back i...
02/25/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Winter Wonders activities last week over February Vacation! School may be back in session now but we're already looking forward to Spring Break in April - More info to come! #WinterWonders #Metrowaterworks #staytuned

Today is Day 2 of our Winter Wonders activities! We will be making balloon-rocket-sleds and watching them zoom across th...
02/21/2019

Today is Day 2 of our Winter Wonders activities! We will be making balloon-rocket-sleds and watching them zoom across the museum! Drop in anytime from 11am-4pm to make yours! #turboboost #sleighride #balloonrockets #metrowaterworks

It's here! Today is the first day of our week long Winter Wonders activities! Today we're making geometric snowmen and S...
02/20/2019

It's here! Today is the first day of our week long Winter Wonders activities! Today we're making geometric snowmen and Snowman Life Cycle charts as well as exploring the differences between dry ice and regular ice. Stop in any time between 11am and 4pm. Ice demos at 12 and 2:30! #WinterWonders #Frozen #metrowaterworks #snowmenrule

Don't forget to join us next week for Winter Wonders at the Waterworks! On Wednesday, we'll be making Geometric Snowmen ...
02/12/2019

Don't forget to join us next week for Winter Wonders at the Waterworks! On Wednesday, we'll be making Geometric Snowmen and Snowman Life Cycle charts! We'll also take a closer look at the difference between dry ice and regular ice. With the impending storm, you can start your observations a bit early! #WinterWonders #Snowman #metrowaterworks

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